Least Sandpiper - Scolopacidae Calidris minutilla
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Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper,  Antelope Island  3-14-04 ©NJDavis, Scolopacidae Calidris minutilla

Photo Details
March 14, 2004 - Antelope Island Causeway, Davis County,  Utah - ©NJDavis

L 6 WS 13, Brownish Breast, Dark brownish back, Greenish legs unique, Fine-tipped, slightly drooped bill, Wings and tail marked bright rufous

Feeds on insects, mollusks, crustaceans and marine worms in muddy, grassy areas closer to shore than other peeps. Spends summers on tundra and bogs near tree line and winter along coastal and inland marshes.  Roosts near feeding areas alone or in groups in marsh vegetation or on upper beach.Lays 4 dark-marked pink eggs in ashallow depression on bog or aupland. Incubates for 19-23 day, chicks are precocial and they have one brood per season.

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